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Baby Komodos Debut At Zoo Atlanta

Baby Komodos Debut At Zoo Atlanta

ATLANTA – (Zoo Atlanta) Wildlife enthusiasts curious about what a miniature version of the world’s largest living lizard looks like should visit Zoo Atlanta, where two baby Komodo dragons are now on exhibit in the World of Reptiles. 

Hatched on August 13, 2010, at the Los Angeles Zoo, the new arrivals measure just a foot long – a fraction of what will someday be their adult size of up to nine feet long and around 150 pounds. Zoo Atlanta is a participant in the Komodo Dragon Species Survival Plan (SSP), but the young pair are siblings and thus are not recommended to breed.

Native to the Indonesian islands of Komodo, Flores, Rinca and Gila Montag, Komodo dragons are apex predators capable of consuming prey as large as deer.

Holiday Half-Off at Zoo Atlanta

Holiday Half-Off at Zoo Atlanta

‘Tis the season for sales and half priced goods galore and Zoo Atlanta has decided to partake in the festivities. For the month of December, Zoo Atlanta will be treating visitors to a day of urban wildlife at “dramatically reduced rates”. The zoo is calling this deal the “Holiday Half-Off” offer.

Limited-time special pricing is as follows:

  • Adults 12 and up, $10;
  • Children 3 to 11, $7.50;
  • Seniors 55 and up, $8;
  • College students, $8; and military, $8.

This offer is not valid with any other discount, offer or promotion. Georgia state sales tax is added to all prices.

Daughter of Zoo Atlanta Gorilla Willie B., Pregnant

Zoo Atlanta will soon be introduced to a brand-new addition to family of western lowland gorillas, sixteen year old Kudzoo, is pregnant. The gorilla is expecting her second infant in 2011; this offspring will be the third grandchild of Zoo Atlanta’s legendary Willie B.

The Zoo Atlanta Animal Management and Veterinary Teams think Kudzoo is roughly two months into her pregnancy. Gorilla gestation averages 8.5 months, suggesting a birth in late spring 2011. The Veterinary Team is monitoring Kudzoo closely and is conducting monthly pregnancy tests, as she is known to have experienced at least one previous miscarriage.

Six year old, Kudzoo, was the celebrated firstborn of Willie B., who passed away in 2000. All four of her siblings – Olympia, 14; Sukari, 12; Willie B. Jr., 12; and Lulu, 11 – still reside at Zoo Atlanta, as does Kudzoo’s mother, Choomba.

It's A Boy, Zoo Atlanta Baby Panda Gender Announced

It’s a boy. There’s good news in Grant Park; the only giant panda born in the United States in 2010 is a male.  The giant panda cub born to Zoo Atlanta’s, Lun Lun, is on November 3, 2010, and has been determined to be male. The cub’s sex was revealed during an exam by the Zoo Atlanta Veterinary Team and a colleague from the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding.
      
The Veterinary Team began conducting routine exams late last week, when Lun Lun began leaving the cub for brief periods to eat and drink. The newborn, who weighs just over 11 ounces, has also begun to develop his species’ trademark coloration of black saddles on the shoulders and black patches over his eyes, although his eyes are not yet open.

While Lun Lun and the cub are not expected to make their debut to Members and guests until Spring 2011, web users can follow the pair on PandaCam presented by Earthcam, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Wal-Mart Sunday Fundays at Zoo Atlanta

Have you grown tired of monotony? Is all-day football driving you crazy? The good people at Wal-Mart and Zoo Atlanta have concocted a remedy for you.

Bring your family to meet the, more than, one thousand animals from around the world, including the giant panda's Xi Lan, Lun Lun and the newborn cub. Zoo Atlanta doesn’t want you to miss out on the Zoo train, carousel, rock climbing wall, petting zoo, live animal encounters and more for kids of all ages.

Admission to the Zoo Atlanta is $5 for adults and children; however, you must mention the Wal-Mart Sunday Fundays to receive the discount.  This special discount is only valid on Sunday, November 14th.

Panda Birth Update: Lun Lun and Cub are Healthy

The giant panda cub born to Lun Lun on November 3, 2010, appears to be healthy and strong. Lun Lun continues to provide excellent care, including keeping the cub warm by cradling it close to her chest.

Newborn giant pandas, which are born nearly hairless, are unable to regulate their own body temperatures until they are 3 to 4 weeks old. The cub has also been seen nursing, which is very rewarding and shows Lun Lun is doing a great job attending to the needs of her cub.

While Lun Lun and the cub are not expected to make their debut to Members and guests until spring 2011, web users can follow the pair on PandaCam presented by Earthcam, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Zoo Atlanta Panda, Lun Lun, Confirmed Pregnant

Popular Atlanta Panda Mommy, Lun Lun, is pregnant. Recently, the Zoo Atlanta (800 Cherokee Avenue, S.E., Atlanta) Veterinary Team has observed a viable fetus during a routine ultrasound. Ultrasound images obtained since Monday the 18th confirm a growing fetus with a strong heartbeat. Based on the size of the fetus, a birth should occur in 10 days to 2 weeks.

Round-the-clock birth watch began on Monday, October 18 and will continue through birth and the first months of the cub’s life. This cub will be the third offspring for Lun Lun and Yang Yang who are both thirteen years old.

The Animal Management and Veterinary Teams opted to employ artificial insemination (AI) on June 13, 2010, after the pair failed to mate naturally. Lun Lun’s and Yang Yang’s previous offspring, Mei Lan, 4 and now a resident of Chengdu, China, and Xi Lan, 2, a resident of Zoo Atlanta, were the only cubs born in the U.S. in 2006 and 2008.